I won’t be touching on any behavioural neuroscience tricks today. But there’s something I really wanted to share with you.
There are lots of theories floating around out there about yogurt, right? But let me tell you about the real deal here: Recent scientific studies finally confirmed that yogurt makes you thinner!
Don’t worry. Even if you have a general intolerance for dairy products, you are okay to consume yogurt given that the process of making it converts the lactose in the milk into non-offensive lactic acid.
A colossal Harvard project published in 2011 finally uncovered incredibly comprehensive data collected over 20 years from a total of 120,877 healthy men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
They analysed the impact of numerous foods and drinks on the volunteers’ shape, and for the first time there is striking evidence on how much weight each of these can make you put on. But the most provocative surprise from this study is that some foods can actually help you lose weight. And guess what? The top runner in this list was… yogurt!
Harvard’s exposé concludes that a regular yogurt eater would lose nearly a pound every four years with every serving of this super food.
The Harvard scientists theorised that yogurt’s healthy bacteria in the digestive tract influenced weight loss.
Have it daily and colonise your gut with these friendly divas: lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus reuteri, lactobacillus thermophius and lactobacillus bulgaricus. They’ll prevent (the ever fattening) constipation.
But wait. There’s more. I must apologise in advance because it’ll get a bit “smelly.” But keep reading. You won’t believe what else scientists discovered.
In 2010, a group of Danish scientists conducted a study on 10 individuals to prove this connection:
a. Week one. They ate the same number of calories and the same fat content in foods, plus an added ingredient: each consumed one litre of low-fat yogurt a day.
b. Week two. The low-fat yogurt and any kind of dairy were completely removed from their diet.
Throughout the course of the project, the scientists collected and meticulously examined each of the volunteers’ daily faeces. I know, ewwww.
But how much fat did they find in these?
Surprisingly, on week one (high calcium dairy diet) they excreted double the amount of fat than in week two (low calcium diet).
The difference in the fat excretion was so huge, that if a volunteer would have followed the diet for a full year, this is how it would have looked like:
|* Source: BBC files, 2010.|
The Danish scientists explained that the calcium in dairy binds to fat molecules in the small intestines, making it difficult to absorb the fat, which is in turn excreted in the faeces instead of affecting your body weight. Three further studies support the Danish findings that calcium reduces the absorption of fat in the gut.
The results were so clear that the Danish scientists believe that if you add more calcium from low-fat dairy sources daily you should be losing at least 3 kilos (6.6 pounds) a year.
I think it’s nice to know that you can sit back, enjoy a pot, and let the calcium and probiotics do all the weight-loss work for you. Plus its rich protein content gives your brain a powerful “satiation hit” too. And, as you’ve probably heard, lactic acid takes longer to digest, keeping you full for longer.
So, enough said. Now, I want to hear from you (this is no place for shyness!): What brands do you buy? How often do you have it? Are you planning to include more of it in your next shop? (I am!)